Studio Three, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Geoff Emerick
Mono mixes of four Revolver songs were made during this session, and a final vocal overdub was added to ‘Eleanor Rigby’.
The session began at 7pm and ended at 1.30am the following morning. Prior to midnight work was confined to the control room of Studio Three, where two copies of the previous day’s mix of ‘I Want To Tell You’ were made.
Two mono mixes of ‘And Your Bird Can Sing’ were then made, from takes 10 and four. This was followed by six mixes of ‘For No One’, two of ‘I’m Only Sleeping’, and three of ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’.
The mixes of ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ were numbered 10-12. Number 11 was judged to be the best, and was earmarked for inclusion on Revolver. However, on 14 July 1966, the day the cutting for the album’s manufacturing began, George Martin telephoned engineer Geoff Emerick to have it replaced with mix eight from 27 April.
With the mixes complete, attention turned once again to Eleanor Rigby. The Beatles had considered the song to have been finished on 29 April, but George Martin wanted one more addition. He asked Paul McCartney to sing “Ah, look at all the lonely people” as a counterpoint during the final verse. The overdub rendered the previous mono mixes redundant, so new ones were created on 22 June.
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- 1968: Radio: The Kenny Everett Show
- 1968: BBC interview with John Lennon and Victor Spinetti
- 1968: Recording, mixing: Don’t Pass Me By
- 1964: Live: Blokker, the Netherlands
- 1962: Recording: Besame Mucho, Love Me Do, PS I Love You, Ask Me Why – The Beatles’ first Abbey Road recording session
- 1961: Live: Top Ten Club, Hamburg
- 1960: Live: Grosvenor Ballroom, Wallasey
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Hi there – I’m clear that GM asked PM to come in and do an extra overdub on Eleanor Rigby on Jun 6th – but was wondering what your source was for saying it was the final “ah look at all the lonely people”? (not doubting your accuracy – just trying to do due diligence!)